November 2011

My Week with Marilyn

November 4th (Limited)

Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, documents the tense interaction between Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) during production of The Prince and the Showgirl.

Our Take: Michelle Williams is one of the most talented actresses working today. We expect she’ll knock this one out of the park.

Puss in Boots

November 4th

A story about the events leading up to the sword fighting cat’s meeting with Shrek and his friends. Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis lend their voices.

Our Take: It’s easy to be weary of Shrek at this point – but after seeing the Puss In Boots trailer, it’s hard to hate this lovable scamp.

Tower Heist

November 4th

When a group of hard working guys find out they’ve fallen victim to a wealthy business man’s Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence. Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Téa Leoni, Gabourety Sidibe Judd Hirsch, Charlie Murphy and Alan Alda star.

Our Take: It’s a great cast, but it’s also a Brett Ratner film, so we’re hedging our bets. It doesn’t help that the funniest moment in the Tower Heist trailer belongs to Sidibe instead of Stiller or Murphy.

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

November 4th

Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner buds Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold’s father-in-law’s prize Christmas tree.

Our Take: By now you should know whether you’re in or out for this one. We’re in, and we’ll probably even spring for the 3D version. Neil Patrick Harris in 3 dimensions? Yes please.

J. Edgar

November 9th (Limited)

As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. Clint Eastwood directs.

Our Take: This will be another well-crafted, well-acted, historical drama from Clint Eastwood. It’s a plus that the subject (Hoover) is actually one worth studying.


November 11th

In stylish director Tarsem Singh’s epic, Greek warrior Theseus (Henry Cavill) battles against imprisoned titans. Mickey Rourke, Kellan Lutz, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, and Luke Evans star.

Our Take: It’s basically 300 with a more artistic director – but then, we liked 300. Also, the world will be watching to see if Henry Cavill really has the chops to play Superman in Man of Steel.

Jack and Jill

November 11th

In this comedy Adam Sandler plays two roles, as a man and the man’s annoying twin sister. Katie Holmes plays his wife and Al Pacino plays…himself?

Our Take: Adam Sandler, why do you keep doing this to yourself? Is it the money? If it is, we may be inclined to open a charity in your name after this one…


November 11

Two sisters (Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg) find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide into the Earth.

Our Take: Controversial director Lars Von Trier takes a journey to the end of the world. We doubt that very many moviegoers accompany him.

Happy Feet Two (3D)

November 18th

Mumble the penguin has a problem: his son Erik, who is reluctant to dance, encounters The Mighty Sven, a penguin who can fly! Things get worse for Mumble when the world is shaken by powerful forces, causing him to brings together the penguin nations and their allies to set things right. Elijah Wood, Pink, Elizabeth Daily, Sofía Vergara, Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Hank Azaria lend voices.

Our Take: We’re betting that your kids will blow a gasket when they find out that this one is on the way – that is, if they haven’t already.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1

November 18th

The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart), whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven. Michael Sheen, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Anna Kendrick, Ashley Greene, Maggie Grace, Nikki Reed and Kellan Lutz co-star. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) directs.

Our Take: Twilight fans, rejoice! Everyone else, roll your eyes and groan. If you’re on the fence (there’s a fence?) watch the Breaking Dawn trailer.

Arthur Christmas

November 23rd

Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the center of the film is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur (voice of James McAvoy), with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. Bill Nighy and Hugh Laurie lend voices.

Our Take: So far this looks like an animated version of Elf, only less funny and original. Yeah.

A Dangerous Method

November 23rd

A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) gives birth to psychoanalysis. Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel co-star, David Cronenberg directs.

Our Take: Cronenberg and Mortensen have done good things working together (see: A History of Violence and Eastern Promises). Add the recently ascended star power of Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) and this film is definitely one to see.

The Descendants

November 23rd

A land baron (George Clooney) tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident.

Our Take: This will be another awards contender performance for Clooney. Whether it will be a worthwhile family drama is another matter.

Hugo (3D)

November 23rd

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Jude Law, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee, Sacha Baron Cohen and Ray Winstone star. A Martin Scorsese film.

Our Take: It’s Martin Scorsese making a 3D kids movie – we’ve gotta see this, if only out of curiosity.

The Muppets

November 23rd

Kermit the Frog and his muppet pals put on a show to save their old theater. Jason Segel, Chris Cooper and Amy Adams star. Celebrity cameos include Emily Blunt, Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones and many more.

Our Take: It feels good to have The Muppets back, and the trailer for the film makes it seem as though we’re getting them back intact.

Piranha 3DD

November 23rd

After the events at Lake Victoria, the pre-historic school of blood-thirsty piranhas make their way into a newly opened waterpark..

Our Take: Well, if you enjoyed the first one…

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